Venepuncture (Phlebotomy) - Half Day Workshop

This course will enable participants to develop the theoretical and practical skills required to gain competence in venepuncture. The workshop is predominantly practical and delegates have the opportunity to undergo supervised instruction and practice, using training manikins. On successful completion candidates are required to gain competency under clinical supervision within their own workplace

General information:

  • Maximum no of course participants: 12
  • Course duration: 3.5 hours.

Learning outcomes include:

  • Understand the legal and professional issues.
  • Understand venous anatomy and suitability of vessels for both venepuncture/ phlebotomy.
  • Vein selection criteria.
  • Awareness of available equipment: vacuumed systems, ‘butterflies’.
  • Demonstration of safe and competent procedure.
  • Practical workshop – instruction, supervision, hints and tips.
  • Understand the common complications, e.g. haematoma, extravasation, needlestick injury etc.
  • Awareness of practical steps to minimise risks to the patient and member of staff.

Course content includes:

  • Overview of the venous anatomy of the human arm and leg and criteria for vein selection.
  • Equipment available - review of the common blood sampling / cannulation devices and safety devices available.
  • Practical techniques under expert supervision using the most up-to-date training manikins available.
  • Complications of venepuncture and cannulation.
  • Documentation and ongoing assessment of devices.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for all healthcare professionals whose role involves taking venous blood samples (‘venepuncture’ or ‘phlebotomy’). Previous participants have included ward nurses, practice nurses, community nurses, health care assistants, phlebotomists etc.


  • Will I receive a certification on completion of this course? Yes
  • Will I gain a qualification at the end of this course? No
  • What materials will be provided? All delegates will receive a course workbook which includes relevant references and sources of further reading.
  • Can I practice venepuncture/ phlebotomy following this training? Most phlebotomists are trained on the job. Completing this course will give you theory and classroom experience to prepare you for taking bloods (phlebotomy). However, you would be required to complete a period of workplace competency before being proficient in this skill. See further information here and here.

Training Lead - Charlie Bloe (BSc RGN NDN ITU cert)

Charlie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. He is also a Registered General Nurse and District Nurse. He gained his Intensive Care Certificate in Glasgow in 1988. In 1997, Charlie established CB Nursing Updates (now Charles Bloe Training Ltd) whilst working full-time in the NHS. Charlie has a wealth of clinical experience – both in the NHS and in training development and delivery. He has spent most of his clinical career in acute cardiology. He continues to work as a Clinical Manager in NHS Highland (coronary care) and adopts a hands-on approach within Charles Bloe Training Ltd, delivering numerous training courses throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland every year

Dates and locations

We are running four 3.5 hour sessions in London and Bristol.

  • London: 9-12:30 Monday 10th September 2018
  • London: 13:30-17:00 Monday 10th September 2018
  • Bristol: 9-12:30 Monday 17th September 2018
  • Bristol: 13:30-17:00 Monday 17th September 2018

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Early Bird Booking

Prices are reduced to £126 inclusive of VAT as an early bird discount until July 31st. The regular price is £156. There is an additional 10% discount for two or more places booked together.

Bookable Dates

10th Sep 2018 (09:00)
Skills for Health, Lynton House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LT
11/12 places left
10th Sep 2018 (13:30)
Skills for Health, Lynton House, 7-12 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9LT
12/12 places left
17th Sep 2018 (09:00)
Skills for Health, 4th Floor, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY
12/12 places left
17th Sep 2018 (13:30)
Skills for Health, 4th Floor, 1 Temple Way, Bristol, BS2 0BY
12/12 places left

Dates available on arrangement

Charles Bloe Training can also create this course for you on arrangement at your workplace.

We can deliver bespoke on-site training for nurses, paramedics, pharmacists, doctors and other healthcare professionals. Courses can be delivered at your place of work and the content tailored to your local requirements.
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